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    1933 Goudey Napoleon Lajoie #106 SGC 84 NM 7. Only the famous Honus Wagner card of the T206 set could claim a more vast divide among card collectors between those who fervently desire a specimen and those that actually own one. Both the T206 Wagner and the 1933 Goudey Lajoie are so scarce that listed full set prices for the issues fail to take them into consideration, beaten into submission by the knowledge that the cards just can't be found. Well, we've located one for our Heritage bidding clientele, allowing one lucky customer to switch teams to the "haves" from the "have nots." Thanks must be offered to one young Depression-era set builder, who would not be deterred by the fact that card number 106 was not available in standard wax packs. It took a letter, mailed to the Boston offices of Goudey Gum Co., to earn this toughest of all cards from this Big Three set, accounting for their terrific scarcity today. In light of the tiny population of surviving examples, the fantastic condition of the representation found here could almost be considered overkill-certainly this is no card for the casual collector. Consider that 211 examples of the set's second most valuable card, Babe Ruth #53, have been slabbed by SGC, almost eight times the amount of Lajoies (twenty-seven graded). And with only four rating higher than the offered example, one could safely rank this card among the most desirable of the chewing gum era.

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    November, 2011
    10th-11th Thursday-Friday
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